Yonge Street Mission
Address of Organization: 270 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 2G4
Contact Person: Ruth Pentinga
Phone: 416-929-9614 ext.236
Work of organization: The Yonge Street Mission has been working since 1896 to bring peace, justice and dignity to people who live in poverty. YSM offers many programs and services that make a real difference in the lives of people without homes, street-involved youth, impoverished families, single parents, seniors and socially disadvantaged adults. Volunteers and students are an integral part of the Mission's work and we welcome volunteers and students into many areas of our organization.
Kinds of internships: It really depends on what the students are looking for and when they are available and the length of their internship. We could have some doing a placement with our youth (ages 12-18) program, or our children's program (ages 8-12) or Evergreen - our centre for street involved youth (ages 16-24) or our senior's program or adult program or our food bank.
Desirable skills: Depending upon the placement of course but students should come with their own energies and ideas with a drive to work with our staff and community members to implement them. They should be caring, understanding, patient, fun-loving, trustworthy, open and non-judgemental, interested in social justice work but not with an eye to evangelizing our community members.
Number of internships: It depends on our availability - it could be one or more spots.
Location of internships: Various locations in downtown Toronto
Duration of internships: Some of our programs only take a full year; others will take less
Costs: The only expense would be transportation costs to get to YSM locations each day
Medical coverage: No
Training: We offer an orientation to students about the entire Mission and then program specific orientation and training for some programs. Mostly it is hands-on learning.
Evaluation: Yes if the student wishes to share that information.
Volunteering: Yes, we have many volunteer opportunties students could be involved with. Our needs change often and as such it cannot be listed here.
Faith statement: The statement of faith is only for certain positions that require the student/volunteer to be Christian - like Bible study involvement or with our church.
Application form: Yes from Ruth Pentinga
We do interviews to determine suitability
Deadline: Before the placement begins
Application to: Ruth Pentinga
Contract: Request from the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Tom Power.